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To help a bit, what I'm thinking of would entail 3 Dimensional printing of a flat sheet. 8x11 inches, as a measurement to start and just standard size. On that sheet, I'd be looking to create a very high resolution relief map of a specific real world location. Something a blind disabled person would understand for real world relationships in space and distance.
Anyone able to help shed some light on what this technology actually can and cannot do vs. impressions and theory?
Perhaps it would be better if you ask your question in a more specialized forum.
I Have one. There's a LOT of tinkering to be done. You may have to print a part several times before it comes out right. Every part needs different settings, and there are hundreds of settings. And they have to be perfect.
Strength of the part is not commercial grade. I print with ABS plastic and although it is a durable plastic (Same as used in legos) because it prints layer by layer, under stress the layers can pull apart.
With that said I think it's a great investment. I have printed a new knob for an old propane heater that I couldn't get anymore. Also made a comb for my hair with my name on it for probably about 10 cents worth of plastic versus getting one from the dollar General for $1. Oh also used it to prototype an invention which I raised $223,000 for in kick starter... Not that the 3d printer was crucial but it did save me money vs. Hiring a prototype company which probably would have been as expensive for the parts as I paid for the whole printer.
Long story short don't expect to be able to buy one and print anything you want instantly and easily. But it is fun to play with and can save you money and hassle in the long run. If I didn't have the 3d printer I probably would have had to throw out my propane heater. Could not get the special sized knob anywhere anymore...
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what is the smallest feature you can print?